The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them.
One of the best things to do on Sanibel, the Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus (not all mollusks grow shells!). Come visit the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks!
H2O Lecture Series
Free, Virtual Event, Presented via Zoom.
"Southwest Florida's Water
Quality Challenges and the
Urgent Need to Complete
By James Evans, Environmental Policy Director, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation
"Shells and Bad Water:
and its Effects
By José Leal, Ph.D.,
Interim Director & Curator Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
A Water Ethic
By Cynthia Barnett,
Take a photo of a shell and our app will identify it using machine learning. Every photo you take helps it get smarter! You can also browse the entire Southwest Florida Shell Guide.
Download the Shell Museum App